Game over: Red Sox 9, Yankees 8: Crazy turn of events as the Red Sox blew a five-run lead only to win in the 10th on Shane Victorino’s base hit to drive in Jacoby Ellsbury, who singled an stole second and then beat a marvelous throw to the plate by Ichiro Suzuki which was muffed by catcher Austin Romine.
Koji Uehara earned his 18th save. The game was played in 4:32.
Top 10th: Red Sox 9, Yankees 8 – Jacoby Ellsbury singled to right,stole second and scored on Shane Victorino’s single to right off Joba Chamberlain. Ichiro made an excellent throw from right field to the plate but Austin Romine muffed the one-hop throw or he would have had Ellsbury. Victorino also caught a break when he checked his swing on what might have been strike three. Replays showed Victorino might have gone more than half-way on the swing but first base umpire Joe West ruled he didn’t go around.
Bottom 9th: Yankees 8, Red Sox 8 – Alfonso Soriano made a real dumb play trying to steal third on Craig Breslow and leaving too soon. Wow what a bonehead play! It got the Red Sox out of a tough spot as Breslow struck out Granderson for the third out.
Top 9th: Yankees 8, Red Sox 8 – Mariano Rivera blew the save. He got two quick outs but then allowed a single to rightcenter to Mike Napoli even though it looked as if he had him struck out on a pitch that looked like strike three. Napoli was pinch-run for by Quintin Berry, who stole second base and moved to third on catcher Austin Romine’s overthrow. Stephen Drew, who had gone 0-for-4, drove Berry in. The Red Sox had acquired Berry for this very reason and it paid off.
Bottom 8th: Yankees 8, Red Sox 7 – The Yankees couldn’t do much against Craig Breslow, retired 1-2-3.
Top 8th: Yankees 8, Red Sox 7 – Dave Robertson was pretty dominating in the eighth with a pair of strikeouts of Ellsbury and Victorino and he also retired Pedroia.
Bottom 7th: Yankees 8, Red Sox 7 – What a turnaround. The Red Sox bullpen imploded here with Matt Thornton and Junichi Tazawa spitting up all over themselves after Jake Peavy left the game allowing a walk to Ichiro and a single to pinch-hitter Vernon Wells. Thornton was awful as he allowed an RBi single to Brett Gardner, then walked Derek Jeter after Wells stole third.
A second run scored on Robinson Cano’s fielder’s choice grounder. Tazawa came on and despite the fact he was throwing 96 and 97 and struck out A-Rod with runners in scoring position and one out, prior to that Alfonso Soriano singled in a right with a basehit to the right side and Curtis Garnderson doubled to right to score another. The A-Rod K seemed big but with two outs and Lyle Overbay, down on the count with two strikes, singled to right to score both the tying and go-ahead run.
Top 7th: Red Sox 7, Yankees 2 – Daniel Nava doubled and eventually scored on Ryan Lavarnway’s single to right field. Mike Napoli walked after Nava’s double.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 2 – A-Rod doubles to left with two out but tough Peavy gets out of the inning, which may be his last.
Top 6th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 2 – Something you don’t see very often: Jacoby Ellsbury picked off. That’s right. After he singled off Adam Warren, he got caught and couldn’t get back in time. Nice throw by Warren and tag by Lyle Overbay.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 2 – The Yankees go down in order.
Top 5th: Red Sox 6, Yankees 2 – Shane Victorino strokes his 13th homer righthanded off Preston Claiborne, who also allowed singles to Pedroia and Ortiz, walked Nava to load the bases with nobody out and allowed an infield single to third that A-Rod reached to his left for and then bobbled for a run. After Stephen Drew struck out vs. lefty Cesar Cabral, Ryan Lavarnway reached on a fielder’s choice to short scoring the third run of the inning. Jeter looked very slow in fielding the ball and then trying to get out of the way of an oncoming Mike Napoli.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 3, Yankees 2 – After A-Rod doubled to rightcenter, Lyle Overbay drew a walk. They pulled off a double steal, but Ichiro, after an excellent at-bat K’d and Stewart flew out to left.
Top 4th: Red Sox 3, Yankees 2 -Will Middlebrooks just crushed a mistake by Nova into the second deck in left, his 13th homer. Between Boston and Pawtucket he has 23 on the season.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 2, Yankees 2 – Ichiro lead it off with single, the first hit off Peavy. He stole second with one out. After a nice bunt single in front of the pitchers mound by Brett Gardner moved the runner to third, Derek Jeter had a nice at-bat to draw the walk. Robinson Cano just missed a grand slam off the rightfield wall, driving a cut fastball ball out over the plate for a two-run double. Peavy limited the damage from there.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 2, Yankees 0 – All the things that Ivan Nova isn’t supposed to do he did. He allowed the Red Sox to get into hitters counts and see a lot of pitches. It’s amazing how often this happens. Ryan Lavarnway started things off with a single to center, followed by a Will Middlebrooks single. The first run came in on Jacoby Elllsbury’s ground rule double to center. Shane Victorino’s grounder to third got the second run home. After the second out, they walked David Ortiz intentionally, walked Daniel Nava before he struck out Mike Napoli on a curveball. Nova is already up to 82 pitches.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0 – Six up and six down for Peavy. He’s gotten a variety of outs, from a foul ball pop, to one ground ball, one liner and three fly balls. Alex Rodriguez flew out to deep center to end the second inning.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0 – David Ortiz busted the shift with a single to right, but he was stranded as Daniel Nava flew out deep to center and Mike Napoli and Stephen Drew fell victim to Ivan Nova’s breaking ball and struck out.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0 – Jake Peavy retires the Yankees in order in the first, tough Robinson Cano sent one deep to center that was tracked down by Jacoby Ellsbury. Peavy is 3-1 with a 3.18 ERA in his first six starts with Boston.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0 – Ivan Nova, tough as nails lately, gets the Sox to fly out three times. Nova was the AL pitcher of the month for August going 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA. He’s 8-4 on the season with a 2.88 ERA.